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March 2003
240 pages  

5.5 x 8.25
9780822958246
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Spring Training
Zinsser, William
Spring Training is a look back at the Pittsburgh Pirates' 1988 spring training season in Bradenton, Florida that reveals how the fundamentals of baseball are taught and learned. The author has added a new introduction and postscript, which includes a lengthy interview with manager Jim Leyland about the lessons that can be learned from losing.
William Zinsser started his career with the New York Herald Tribune and has been a freelance writer since 1959. A teacher and former general editor of the Book-of-the-Month Club, he is the author of sixteen books, including the classic On Writing Well.
"A song of baseball’s sweetest season." —Boston Globe

“Reading this terrific book is like being transported back in time to a simpler moment in baseball history. “--Harvey Frommer, Sports Book Review, March 2003

"Will take you to the endangered soul of baseball."—George Vecsey, New York Times

"Written with the same grace and intelligence Willie Mays brought to the game."—Booklist

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Back in Print With a New Introduction and Postscript Spring training, a time when every team is in first place, is an American tradition dating back to the early years of the twentieth century. William Zinsser vividly brings to life the unique, once-a-year relationship between Bradenton, Florida, and its adopted team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1988 the Pirates were an unproven yet promising bunch with high hopes of competing for the National League pennant. Given rare access to players, management, scouts and umpires, Zinsser sought to discover how a team prepares for the longest season in professional sports. As valid today as it was when first published, Spring Training reveals how the fundamentals of baseball are taught and learned. The author has added a new introduction and postscript, which includes a lengthy interview with manager Jim Leyland about the lessons that can be learned from losing.
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